Spartan Announces “Hurricane Heatwave”

Hurricane Heatwave

Back in August of 2011, Hurricane Irene ripped through parts of Massachusetts.  A state of emergency was declared forcing Spartan Race to cancel it’s scheduled Sunday events at Amesbury Sports Park. When the obstacle racing public demanded a chance to race anyway, Spartan responded and challenged anyone to meet them at 6:00am on the course. They offered participants a chance to take on the obstacles with the founders of Spartan and promised a few twists. The Hurricane Heat was born and has been at almost every Spartan Race since.

Yesterday, Mother Nature did a number on a Spartan event again. 100 plus degree temperatures forced the company to shorten their course in Temecula, California. Fearing participant heatstroke, or worse, they also cancelled Sunday waves all together.

We just received word that Spartan has created a solution for those affected by yesterday and today’s events in Temecula.

SoCal Spartan Racers,

First of all, thank you all for supporting our race the weekend in Temecula. A lot of effort goes into training for these events and a lot goes into putting them on. Unfortunately, this weekend’s extremely hot weather (106 degrees at times) meant that not everyone got to race as planned…a portion of the Saturday heats were disrupted, and Sunday’s Spartan Sprint and related events did not take place as scheduled. The health and safety of our racers is always our primary concern and please know that we acted with your best interests in mind. Since last night, we’ve been working feverishly on a number of different options to get out on the course.

All SoCal Beast racers that attended on Saturday and were impacted by the shortened course due to extreme heat have been automatically registered for a NEW Spartan Beast event on Saturday, January 17th, 2015. Due to the cancellation of the SoCal Sprint, all registered racers have been automatically registered for a new Spartan Sprint event on Sunday, January 18th, 2015. Additional details will be forwarded as they become available.

We realize this is not an ideal situation, but with every obstacle comes an opportunity to rise above it. That said, we don’t want to leave you hanging until January. Please join us for a special Spartan workout next Saturday in Vail Lake. As many of you suffered in the brutal heat of Temecula, we’re calling it “Hurricane Heatwave”. Starting at 6am on Saturday, our team will take racers out on sections of the Beast and Sprint course that we designed for this weekend. Expect 10-12 obstacles, plenty of trail running, and a raw Spartan workout that will bring us back to our roots.

Everyone that completes the workout with us will receive a one of a kind, Hurricane Heatwave t-shirt and dog tags. This is ONE OF A KIND and should not be missed.

This is how the original Hurricane Heat started, maybe we’ll be onto something even better!

You can register for 6am, 7am, or 8am start times.

Limited space available.

What: Hurricane Heatwave

Where: Vail Lake, CA

When: September 20th, 2014 at 6AM



Matt B. Davis

is the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and the author of "Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs". He is also the only (known) #wafflehouseelite obstacle racer.
  1. Well, that sucks, considering a good number of the ardent, dedicated Spartans who were affected this weekend that would have loved to have participated in this Hurricane Heatwave will instead be in Vermont that weekend.

    Not to mention, most of the racing community plans out their races months in advance. I know my entire racing schedule through February is booked already. And many of the registered racers from this weekend traveled from very far away (as far as Florida and New York), and will likely not be able to just up and travel to California in January again. I’m hoping Spartan Race will let racers apply their registrations towards other future races without penalty of transfer fee.

    I do commend Spartan Race for stepping up and closing the course early, as well as cancelling Sunday’s Sprint. No, it’s not ideal, but people were dropping all over the place and the conditions were very dangerous, even for seasoned racers. They did the right thing.

  2. Does anybody know if this will be a 12-hour thing, or just a workout for a couple of hours? It’s 10 obstacles and some hills so I want to assume it’s only 2-3 hours. Anyone?

  3. January 18th is the Carlsbad half marathon. This is a very popular event since it is the first of the three San Diego area Triple Crown half marathon events.

  4. Question. How long is this event? Is it a 1, 2, 3 hour workout? Or is it going to last longer? Wondering since I have to go to work later that day but I’d really love to make it though.

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